August 1, 2007 – Volume 8, No. 31
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Water treatment news galore: From the farm to the biggest city, addressing radium and turbidity with operator ingenuity. Is the water too hot to touch? Not even close. Don't bad-mouth the tap water in order to sell... anything! Is it time to regulate manganese as a primary contaminant?  Reclaimed water system's worst fear happens in North Carolina. What's in the bottle – yes, the bottle – and where did it come from?


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Federal Updates

  • USEPA's Region 8 touts its enforcement actions against mostly small systems in four of the six states in the region, including:
  • USEPA wants more information from drinking water labs about Proficiency Testing (Federal Register, July 26)
    Commentary: A well-intentioned requirement, initiated by Congress a while ago, makes this exercise necessary. EPA (like other U.S. government entities) has to get a "number" from the Office of Management and Budget before asking (mandating?) that regulated entities (i.e. labs) provide information (meaning hours of paperwork). And EPA has to say how much this effort will cost. Hence, the following enlightenment from the FR notice: "...However, as this collection does exist under another expiring ICR... the requested burden under this ICR effectively offsets the decrease in burden in the currently approved ICR from which it is being removed." Oh, well. It's only $1.8 million.

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  • Florida Attorney General sues POU water treatment dealer for scamming elder customers (Northwest Florida Daily News, July 24); the lawsuit (PDF file, 25 K) is an interesting read!
    Commentary: The essence of the Attorney General's lawsuit, which is "...brought pursuant to the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act," is that "defendants have made unsubstantiated claims, directly and implicitly, regarding the harmful health effects caused by drinking tap water or even bottled water." The AG also focuses on the frequently used tactic of doing water tests: "...[tests] performed by Defendants always show a need to purchase a water system. The test is a sham, created solely to sell products." The lawsuit says that the company engaged in practices that ".... were unethical, oppressive, unscrupulous or substantially injurious to consumers." Go get 'em, AG!

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